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CPT Brings on the Fun with Pandemonium 2018

CPT Brings on the Fun with Pandemonium 2018

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) presents Pandemonium 2018-CPT's annual benefit and theatrical spectacular-on Saturday, September 8, 2018, from 7:00pm through midnight. The Pandemonium 2018 theme is "Labyrinth of Desire."

Guests enjoy complimentary valet, drinks, and delicious food from some of Cleveland's top chefs, alongside breathtaking entertainment in every corner of CPT's campus. Pandemonium is a uniquely immersive "choose-your-own-adventure" style event, featuring nearly 300 Northeast Ohio artists premiering over 50 original works, and musical acts on 20 different stages and in unexpected places. The Pandemonium 2018 lineup includes bands, DJs, contemporary dance, short plays, comedy, cabaret performances, and more.

Check out a video trailer of last year's Pandemonium event:

This year, CPT honors Rick Chiricosta (chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Medical Mutual of Ohio) with the 2018 PAN Award, recognizing all the accomplishments he and Medical Mutual have achieved in the Greater Cleveland community.

Tickets are available online at or by calling (216) 631-2727 ext. 501. Proceeds support CPT's groundbreaking artistic work and life-changing education programs.

Pandemonium 2018 performers (list subject to change)

Dance Performances by Verb Ballets, Inlet Dance Theatre, The Wind and Sand Dance Company, Suga Shack Girls Burlesque, Levity Dance and Physical Theater, and Emily Jeffries Live Music Performances by Pureplex DJs featuring Neil Chastain & Byron Lee Eulinberg (aka Funk Shway), By Light We Loom, David Loy & the Ramrods, Global Connections, Mourning [A] BLKstar, Buck McDaniel - 18/19 Kulas Theatre Composer Fellow, Baldwin Wallace Musical Theatre, Hannah Rae Leach & Ayana Cheston, Doreen & Shelley Andrews-Hinders, Beezy Douglas & Deb Zep, and more Original Theatrical Work by Raymond Bobgan, Faye Hargate, Molly Andrews-Hinders, David Hansen, Carrie Williams, Christine Howey, Mindy Childress Herman & John Busser, Land of Cleve Theatre, Pinch & Squeal's WIZBANG!, Ohio City Theatre Project, Cleveland Public Theatre's Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP), Sally Groth, Greg Vovos, India Nicole Burton - 18/19 NNPN Producer in Residence, Lauren Joy Fraley - 18/19 Joan Yellen Horvitz Director Fellow, Amy Schwabauer, Elaine Hullihen & Daved Thonnings, and many more Additional Performances by Disa Carneol, Cleveland Rock Gym, Mark Zust, Marian Fairman & Sarah Kunchik, Denis Griesmer, Dayni Maher, The Cleveland Museum of Art Community Arts, and others Visual Art, Installations, & Multimedia by Raymond Bobgan, Faye Hargate, Joan Hargate, Inda Blatch-Geib Designs, and more

Pandemonium 2018 Celebrity Chefs

Celebrity chefs will be cooking live, including: Astoria Café and Market, Davenport's Divine Delicacies, Flying Fig, Luxe Kitchen and Lounge, The Root Café, Toast, West Side Market Café, and XYZ the Tavern.

About the 2018 Pan Award Honoree: Rick Chiricosta

Rick Chiricosta is chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Medical Mutual of Ohio. He originally joined Medical Mutual in 1986 as controller of the Western Division. In 1989, he became chief financial officer for Medical Life Insurance Company, then a wholly owned subsidiary of Medical Mutual. Mr. Chiricosta held that position until 1998, when he left Medical Life to become vice president and chief financial officer for National Interstate Corporation, a specialty property and casualty insurance company. In 1999, he returned to Medical Mutual as vice president of Finance, was named president and chief executive officer in 2009, and was elected chairman in 2013.

Under Mr. Chiricosta's leadership, Medical Mutual supports organizations that make a positive impact in many Ohio communities. Locally, the company sponsors a variety of organizations and initiatives, from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland to the RTA HealthLine. In 2017, Medical Mutual made more than 400 donations to nonprofits, and 28 members of the executive staff served on nonprofit boards.

Mr. Chiricosta serves as chairman of the Greater Cleveland Partnership and on the boards of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Kidney Foundation of Ohio. He is a member of the executive committees on the boards of the United Way of Greater Cleveland and the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation. He is also a member of the Cuyahoga County Early Childhood Education Partnership Council. Mr. Chiricosta is a past president of The 50 Club of Cleveland, served as a co-chair of the 2012 United Way of Greater Cleveland campaign, and is a graduate of the 2006 class of Leadership Cleveland. He was inducted into the Northeast Ohio Business Hall of Fame in 2011. And did you know Mr. Chiricosta is passionate about rock and pop music? He is the frontman for Witness Protection, a three-man cover band.


Honorable Frank G. Jackson

HOST COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS as of 8/8/18 (*indicates past Pan Award honoree)

Brent D. Ballard, Scott Chaikin, Paul Dolan, Diane Downing, Andrea Hogben, Jakki & Fred Nance* (2012), Philip M. Oliss & Rachel McQuade-Oliss, Joe Roman, Mark Ross, Andrew Watterson* (2017) & Randall Lanoue

Photo by Steve Wagner

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